D. M. Webb’s debut novel Mississippi Nights is a tale of a southern family torn apart by tragedy. One brother has allowed that tragedy to define him, nearly destroy him, and now it’s up to the other to decide if he wants to help bring him back from the brink.
Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée died in a car fire, and he blames his police officer brother Jeremy. David disappeared for three years, wallowing in his grief. Now he’s returned home to heal, but he must first deal with a dark secret as well as his bitterness toward Jeremy. With the help of a loving woman and a small child, perhaps he can.
The characters in Mississippi Nights are well drawn, each with his quirks, strengths and flaws; there are no stereotypes here. The secondary cast adds depth and richness. The beautiful Mississippi scenery is lovingly described, with each sense brought to life. It’s obvious the author loves her home state.
The work lives of the brothers are written with astonishing accuracy, likely due to the author’s reported experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMR, and add suspense and tension. But the strained—to say the least—relationship between the siblings is always center stage. It will be a long journey toward healing, and they won’t be able to do it on their own, but with God’s help, they can. If they don’t give up.
I look forward to more Southern adventures from Webb. Next up? Alabama Days. I can hardly wait!